Horner defends his Yorkshire title

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GEORGE Horner made his first successful defence of his Yorkshire welterweight title last Thurdsay.

GEORGE Horner made his first successful defence of his Yorkshire welterweight title last Thurdsay.

After winning the belt at Bridlington Spa last month, he took on Jack Langford of Sheffield City ABC.

Langford came to the ring with an experienced record of 59 bouts with 40 wins so was a tough opponent, but Horner put pressure on from the word go which Langford seemed to strugggle with.

During the second round he stepped off the pace a little and allowed Langford to come back a little but in the last round Horner once again stepped up the pressure to take the judges’ decision and retain his belt.

His next mandatory defence has been confirmed by the Yorkshire ABA to be against Danny Little of City of Hull ABC on May 20 at Hull University.

On Sunday, his Bridlington ABC clubmate Darren Boyes travelled to Havercroft to take part in the Yorkshire Finals of the Junior ABA’s.

He was up against Aaron Davies of Bradford Police ABC, and finding himself the taller of the two boxers, worked well in the first round at range although at times he got caught a little flat footed allowing Davies to move into range.

After the first round the judges had the scores at 1-1. The second round went much more Boyes’ way, Davies struggled to get close to the Bridlington boxer who was landing some very clean shots.

The end of the second round saw Boyes winning 7-3 and although Davies came out strongly in the final round, he had a lot of catching up to do.

He closed down the Bridlinton fighter well, however Boyes managed to land some good shots himself and the bout finished 9-7 in the Bridlington youngsters favour.

Also in action last Friday were Aaron Boyes, Kier Herrgesell, Liam Bowtell and Tom Wray who all boxed in Shildon, County Durham.

Herrgesell was outpointed by his opponent while the other three all recorded wins.

Damien Grant, head coach at Bridlington ABC, said: “It has been a good week for the club this week with five wins out of six.

“I was pleased with the performance from all the boxers who had trained so hard for the bouts, they all did themselves proud.”